“No one hunts with an assault rifle. End the madness now.” – Gov. Andrew Cuomo

THE GUN safety legislation passed today by the New York legislature and signed within an hour of its passage by Governor Andrew Cuomo becomes the toughest law in the nation.

The New York Governor used his state of the state address last week to take on gun safety, as well as telegraph that he’s got the 2016 nomination in his sights.

From the New York Daily News:

Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York enacted the nation’s toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school shooting, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature, with supporters hailing it as a model for the nation and gun-rights activists condemning it as a knee-jerk piece of legislation that won’t make anyone safer and is too extreme to win support in the rest of the country.

Owners of an estimated 1 million previously legal semiautomatic rifles, like the Bushmaster model used to kill 20 children and six seven adults in Newtown, Conn., a month ago, will be able to keep their weapons, but will have a year to register them with police.

[…] Previously, New York state law on assault weapons banned semiautomatics that have detachable magazines and at least two military-type features, such as a pistol grip, folding stock, muzzle flash suppressor or bayonet mount. The new law will reduce that to just one feature.

It also requires background checks for even private gun sales, except those among immediate family.